Summer 2017 Featured Ethnographic Film Maker: Nora Wildenauer

Fighting for Nothing to Happen

Featured at the RAI Ethnographic Film Festival, the award-winning ethnographic film Fighting for Nothing to Happen documents forced migration beyond the European refugee crisis. After the volcanic eruption of Mount Rokatenda, the people of the island Pulau Palue in east Indonesia shall be relocated. But are the planned relocation and the ‘new’ life at the neighboring Pulau Besar really promising? The documentary is based on three months of ethnographic fieldwork and accompanies Father Cyrillus, priest and employee of a Christian NGO, in his efforts to promote and drive forward the relocation project.

The film is distributed on DVD and on digital formats by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), and it is part of the Alexander Street Press Anthropology collection, accessible to institutional subscribers. If you are affiliated to an educational institution, search for the film on your library catalogue. If your institution is a subscriber, you will be able to view the film online. To purchase a copy of the film from the RAI follow this link:

Read Nora’s testimonial on the film



Spring 2017 Featured Ethnographic Film Maker: Paloma Yáñez Serrano 

Nosso Morro (Our Mountain)
This film is about teaching visual methods and doing collaborative visual ethnography with young people from Rocinha, the largest favela and Gávea the wealthiest neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Paloma provides reflections on Nosso Morro and its implications for teaching anthropology here:

City Play
City Play shows the process of collaboration with Egyptian children to represent play in post-revolutionary Egypt, featuring a civic education project, Mini Medina where children build a play-city exploring identity, citizenship and interpretations of labour as a form of interactive anthropology for younger audiences.

Paloma provides reflections on City Play and its implications for teaching anthropology here: